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Children's literature emerged as a distinct and independent genre only a little more than two centuries ago. Prior to the mid-eighteenth century, books were rarely created specifically for children, and children's reading was generally confined to literature intended for their education and moral edification rather than for their amusement. Religious works, grammar books, and "courtesy books" (which offered instruction on proper behavior) were virtually the only early books directed at children. In these books illustration played a relatively minor role, usually consisting of small woodcut vignettes or engraved frontispieces created by anonymous illustrators.
New attitudes toward children and their education began to develop in the late seventeenth century, when many educators appealed for greater consideration of children's distinctive needs and when the notion of pleasure in learning was becoming more widely accepted. By the early eighteenth century interest in children's literature (and a rise in literacy) led to new markets and a flourishing of new publishers, particularly in England. Innovations in typography and printing allowed greater freedom in reproducing art through engraving, woodcut, etching, and aquatint, although illustrators were still largely anonymous and illustrations confined to frontispieces.

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California Digital Library
by Hughs, Mrs. (Mary)
texts
eye 2,031
favorite 2
comment 0
Osborne Coll.
Topic: Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Hughs, Mrs. (Mary)
texts
eye 1,137
favorite 4
comment 0
Gumuchian
Topic: Conduct of life
Contemporary brown cloth, blocked in gold and blind. Purchase, Philadelphia Rare Books and Manuscripts, 1998
Topics: Girls -- Conduct of life, Pride and vanity
California Digital Library
by Hughs, Mrs. (Mary)
texts
eye 1,046
favorite 5
comment 0
Quarter red sheep and marbled paper over boards; spine tooled in gold
Topics: Girls -- Conduct of life, Conduct of life
California Digital Library
texts
eye 1,011
favorite 2
comment 0
Osborne collection of early children's books
Topic: Conduct of life
Osborne Coll.
Topic: Moral education
The rival friend -- The ghost
Topics: Boys -- Conduct of life, Conduct of life, Children's stories
California Digital Library
texts
eye 846
favorite 1
comment 0
Little Croppy / by Mrs. Hughs -- The May queen, or, Who is the prettiest? / by Mrs. Hughs -- Edward the Sixth, King of England -- Francis Bacon, Lord Verulam
Topic: Children's stories
California Digital Library
texts
eye 822
favorite 1
comment 0
(from t.p.) 1. The little girl who did not care for what was said to her -- 2. The humming-tops -- 3. The new doll -- 4. The greedy boy
Topics: Children's stories, Conduct of life
California Digital Library
texts
eye 793
favorite 1
comment 0
Publisher's printed, illustrated buff paper over boards; publisher's advertisement on lower board. Re-backed
Topics: Moral education, Orphans
Aunt Mary's tales -- The twin sisters, or, Envy and emulation
Topics: Girls -- Conduct of life, Conduct of life, Children's stories
California Digital Library
by Hughs, Mrs. (Mary); Devereux, George T., b. ca. 1810; Rossiter, Thomas Prichard, 1818-1871
texts
eye 749
favorite 0
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Address to my young readers -- The young sailor -- Holidays in the country -- Generosity -- The young artist -- The two pets
Topics: Children's stories, Children's poetry, Aquatint
The rival friend--The ghost
Topics: Boys -- Conduct of life, Natural history, Conduct of life, Children's stories
California Digital Library
texts
eye 738
favorite 1
comment 0
Quarter blue-black sheep and brown paper over boards; spine tooled in gold
Topics: Moral education, Orphans
California Digital Library
by Hughs, Mrs. (Mary)
texts
eye 726
favorite 0
comment 0
Green fine diagonal rib grain cloth over boards, embossed; spine blocked in gold; yellow coated endpapers
Topics: Moral education, Orphans
Quarter red sheep and tan marbled paper over boards; in case
Topics: Boys, Conduct of life
The rival friend -- The ghost
Topics: Boys -- Conduct of life, Conduct of life, Children's stories
California Digital Library
texts
eye 681
favorite 1
comment 0
The little girl who did not care for what was said to her -- The humming tops -- The new doll -- The greddy boy
Topics: Conduct of life, Children's stories
California Digital Library
texts
eye 642
favorite 0
comment 0
The way to find pleasure -- The little girls who did not like to be useful -- The cruel boy -- The little girl who did not care for what was said to her -- The new doll -- The wren's nest -- The greedy boy -- The humming tops
Topics: Conduct of life, Natural history, Children's stories
California Digital Library
texts
eye 567
favorite 1
comment 0
Half black calf and marbled paper over boards, tooled in blind; spine tooled in gold; edges sprinkled in blue and red
Topic: Conduct of life
California Digital Library
texts
eye 553
favorite 1
comment 0
Gumuchian
Topic: Moral education
The rival friend -- The spectre
Topics: Boys -- Conduct of life, Conduct of life, Children's stories
California Digital Library
texts
eye 527
favorite 1
comment 0
Osborne Coll
Topic: Moral education